These days you can’t visit a cosmetic counter without seeing a product that is “free from” something. Be it petroleum derivatives, palm oil, parabens, SLES or Silicones there is always something grabbing the headlines.  However,  much of this hysteria has stemmed from somewhat sketchy arguments, incomplete scientific evidence, a bad vibe or just a general feeling of unease over our addiction to chemical cocktails.

Now, after years of hearsay and urban myth making the BIG issue is being addressed (n.b: work on endocrine disrupting chemicals has been going on for some time but had also been classed as a bit whacky to be taken notice of. That is starting to change) Sweden is investigating what happens when you are exposed to various chemical cocktails over a period of time.

Before I go on I will very briefly touch on what has been a very difficult are for the chemical industry – the fact that in the chemical world 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal 2.

Every industry using chemicals (and all industries do) has to prove the safety of their products for the purpose that the products are designed. Food has to be safe to eat, cosmetics have to be safe to wear on the skin (and in it if it is lipstick), paint has to be safe to chew within reason (which means lead is out) and pesticides have to conform to strict guidelines.   While each industry carefully toes the industry standard line (of course there are good companies and bad companies AND good governments and bad. That’s life) it is pretty hard for everyone to get together and test to see what happens when you use everything together over a lifetime. Too many variables.

Anyway, the […]